LIGABUE – ITALY’S SUPERSTAR RELEASES HIS BEST OF FOR THE US MARKET
It’s impossible to concentrate in a few lines the long and successful career of Luciano Ligabue: singer, songwriter, movie director and book writer.
The Emilia-Romagna born Luciano Ligabue spent his young adult life working jobs in the region's agricultural factories, while simultaneously moonlighting as a radio DJ and cutting his teeth as a bandleader on the local rock club circuit. Ligabue released his first record at the relatively late age of 30 with an eponymously titled album in 1990. Arguably the most successful debut in the history of the Italian music business, Ligabue's life experiences proved central to the formation of the artist's narrative as a songwriter and in his ability to intimately communicate as a storyteller on a national level. "Ligabue" the album went platinum connecting him as a solo artist with millions of fans in a way not previously seen in Italy, playing some 250 dates up and down the Italian peninsula over the next 3 years, including a pair of opening slots for U2 on their "Zoo TV Tour" at stadium's in Naples and Turin. By 1997 Ligabue had confirmed himself as a stadium headliner in his own right with the first of 11 appearances at Milan's temple of football and music San Siro. In 2005 Liga, as he is commonly known, set the still unbroken European record for tickets sold in a single concert in the form of a "hometown" gig at Campovolo in Reggio Emilia. The US trade publication Pollstar registered a staggering 165,264 fans in attendance at the event. Luciano Ligabue's debut in the world of film proved equally auspicious with 1998's "Radiofreccia" which screened at the Venice Film Festival and was the subsequent winner of multiple trophies at both Italy's Nastri d'Argento and Davide di Donatello awards for Ligabue's screenplay and direction. Considered at once a cult classic, commercial success and critical favorite in Italy, "Radiofreccia" was added to the permanent film archive of New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2006. Also a published author, Luciano Ligabue has penned 4 works including novels and poetry. His 1997 literary debut "Fuori e Dentro il Borgo" was yet another award-winner; the collection of short stories picked up the prestigious Elsa Morante prize.
Ligabue has taken part in many of Italy's seminal events of the past generation including 1996's Pavarotti and Friends concert in Modena (the legendary tenor also an Emilia Romagna native), 2005's Live 8 concert in Rome (Italy's part in 10 simultaneous benefit concerts held in as many countries and organized by Bob Geldof), 2012's Italia Loves Emilia benefit concert for relief in the earthquake-struck region, and 2014's Sanremo Festival where Ligabue appeared as a special guest.
Ligabue is one of the greatest music superstar in Italy, who captivated audiences of various ages with his extraordinary live performances and powerful songs.
He released 10 studio albums, 4 live albums, 2 greatest hits albums, 1 soundtrack album, all certified multi-platinum in Italy. Now on occasion of his US tour which will kick off on October 19 in New York and he will take him to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami, Warner Music has release a “Best of” especially tailored for the US market. The best of, available on the digital stores from October 16th , showcases a selection of Ligabue’s hits chosen among more than 70 hit singles and it’s a glittering portrait of is 25-years career. The best of is available in 2 digital configurations: one with 16 tracks available in all digital stores and one with 25 tracks available on iTunes.